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In this episode host Dr. Sweta Chakraborty talks to Dr. Marcus King, John O Rankin Associate Professor, and Director of the Master of Arts in International Affairs Program at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs; as well as Senior Fellow and member of the Advisory Board at the Center for Climate and Security. Sweta asks Marcus to define environmental security, which he describes as the study of conflicts related to a lack or abundance in natural resources, particularly as it relates to impacts associated with climate change. Droughts and water scarcity impacts are especially salient on the world stage, and Marcus highlights his case studies in increasingly vulnerable places in the Middle East and North Africa (e.g., Syria, Nigeria, Yemen) which are ripe for future humanitarian crises, interstate conflicts, and mass migrations. Listen to Marcus describe the nuances between environmental migrants versus climate refugees and how these already vulnerable populations are prime recruitment targets for terrorist groups such as Boko Haram. This is an eye-opening episode!

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